About the workshop
The home is a place of shelter, a place for family, and for separation from other parts of life, such as work. Global challenges, the most pressing of which are currently the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change has forced extra roles into many homes and will continue to do so in the future. Biodesign integrates living organisms into designed solutions and can offer opportunities for new kinds of technologies to facilitate a transition to the home of the future. Many families have had to learn to work alongside each other, and technology has mediated a transition from standard models of operation for industries.
These are the challenges of the 21st century that mandate careful thinking around interactive systems and innovations that support new ways of living and working at home. In this workshop, we will explore opportunities for biodesign interactive systems in the future home. We will bring together a broad group of researchers in HCI, design, and biosciences to build the biodesign community and discuss speculative design futures. The outcome will generate an understanding of the role of interactive biodesign systems at home, as a place with extended functionalities.
The workshop is held as part of the ACM CHI conference, and will bring together participants to build a community around biodesign and HCI. We invite participants from research, practice and industry, who are interested in speculative futures of interactive biodesign systems, to participate in our workshop. We are interested in hearing diverse voices of those who combine knowledge in areas of biological science, HCI, speculative and design fiction. This conference is led by academics from the Design Lab and Affective Interaction Lab at The University of Sydney and the MIT Media Lab.